Pro-Life?

"Pro-Life"

 

The Christian Science Monitor looks beyond the “pro-life” rhetoric to the actual financial impact on women and children due to efforts to end abortion:

 

“Members of the pro-life movement spend countless dollars and hours on rallies and lobbying without providing adequate financial and emotional support for women to actually maintain pregnancies. And the majority of women who have abortions cite not being able to afford a child as one of the main reasons for their decision. …

 

“So while pro-life Americans spend millions of dollars on events geared toward making abortion illegal, there were 1.16 million women who came to the conclusion in 2009 … that they could not carry their child to term – many of them because of money. …

 

“The Guttmacher Institute’s statistics show that abortion rates are higher in countries where it is illegal and procedures are often unsafe. Even more disheartening are statistics … which showed that women who sought abortions and were turned away (because they had passed their state’s gestational limits) were three times more likely to fall into poverty than women who obtained an abortion. …

 

“A woman’s decision to have an abortion often stems from a very real and legitimate fear that she will not be able to care for a child. Pro-life supporters and activists spend incredibly large sums to take away that decision, but do not provide the equivalent practical support women need to have a baby. Is that really a fight for life? Or just a fight for a long sought-after political goal? It’s time the pro-life movement focuses its resources more on helping women and babies, not gaining legislative power that ultimately will do little to protect the unborn.”

 

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